Take advantage of software updates and changes - encourage your student to explore his/her iPad and find changes. When appropriate, encourage your student to research the new mainstream features, VO features and bugs/fixes. Often, app developers will also update their apps after a new software release, so students may have opportunities to explore individual app Tool bars to see what has changed and to explore new features! If necessary, guide students to find changes in specifical areas. Example: What is different on the Home screen?
Note: iOS 12 focused on fixing bugs and stabilizing features. While there are some new features, iOS 12 does not have any major changes.
Status Bar Layout Changes
Note: Remember to ask your student to explore and discover what is different on the Home screen - you want your student to be comfortable with software updates and to independently learn about new features. Encourage him to be a 'tech detective' by exploring the Home page and discovering what is different!
The Status bar is the tool bar that is always available at the top of the iOS screen; iOS 12 has made changes to the Status bar layout. Most students - especially students who are blind - use their iPhone or iOS device to know what time it is. Since the first iPad, the time has always been at the top center of the screen. While the Status bar is still there, the time has now been moved to the top left corner.
New VoiceOver Home Screen Gestures
When I first turned on VoiceOver after installing iOS 12, a popup message appeared with the new VoiceOver Gestures for the Home Screen. I really appreciate this popup - as it quickly brought me up to speed. Thank you Apple!
These gestures were specifically added for devices that do not have a Home button. The gestures work on all devices. The previous gestures continue to work for devices that do have a Home button.
New VoiceOver Gestures (listed on the popup message)
- To go Home: Slide one finger up from the bottom edge until you hear the second sound and lift your finger.
- To use the App Switcher: Slide up farther from the bottom edge until you hear the third sound and life your finger.
- If you move too far to the left or right the gesture will be canceled.
- To use the Control Center: Slide on finger down from the edge until you hear the second sound and lift your finger.
- To use Notification Center: Slide down farther from the top until you hear the third sound and life your finger.
Old Gestures that Produce the Same Actions
- To go Home: Press the Home button or four-finger pinch (if multitasking gestures is turned on in Settings).
- To use the App Switcher: Press the Home button 2x quickly.
- To use the Control Center: Touch the Status bar, then swipe up with three-fingers to reveal the Control Center.
- To use Notification Center: Touch the Status bar, then swipe down with three-fingers to reveal the Notification Center.